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Tearfund champions circular economy in 'Virtuous Circle' report

By Tearfund Member · 14th October, 2016
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GEC member Tearfund has published a report calling on governments to do more to support a transition to the circular economy in developing countries, to save lives, deliver growth, and provide new jobs.

The report 'Virtuous Circle: How the circular economy can create jobs and save lives in low and middle-income countries' finds that the mountains of waste that pollute the environment and cause disease could instead be used to reduce poverty and save lives.

By adopting a ‘circular economy’ the report argues we can transition to an economic system that keeps resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value, by re-using and regenerating materials at the end of each item's life-cycle. In a development context, circular economy can make a big difference to those in poverty - providing an opportunity for a triple win: reducing ill health and death, creating jobs and improving the natural environment.

For more information on the report please contact Emma van der Merwe

The longer we postpone the shift to a sustainable global economy, the worse it will be for the people living in poverty around the world. The evidence is clear. If we don’t want to undo the development of the past we need to transition to an economy that is good for people and the planet.”

Joanna Green, Senior Policy Advisor, Tearfund

Image: Raphael Schaller on Unsplash

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